This startup makes sense of commercial drone data


Dozens of companies are testing drones for real estate insights, agricultural applications and even package delivery, as is the case with Amazon.
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Far less has been said about how the data these devices collect will become part of real-world business applications.

Enter DroneDeploy, a three-year-old cloud software startup that this week disclosed a $9 million Series A round led by Emergence Capital. Its service, priced starting at $99 per month, helps businesses incorporate aerial maps and images into mobile applications.

Notes Emergence Capital general partner Kevin Spain: “DroneDeploy’s software solutions in their ease-of-use, speed with which they generate data, and ability to leverage the cloud to instantly deliver critical information to users’ smartphones and tablets.”

The San Francisco-based company’s co-founder and CEO, Mike Winn, said DroneDeploy’s early adopters include farmers, constructions contractors and mining companies that need a bird’s-eye view into changing conditions on the ground. The…

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